North American Sartre Society (NASS) CFP out now!

The North American Sartre Society (NASS) has just released this year’s call for papers!

21st Conference of the North American Sartre Society

East Stroudsburg University, Conference Center, Bethlehem, PA, November 13-15, 2015.


The North American Sartre Society is issuing a call for papers on the occasion of its twenty-first conference, hosted by Storm Heter, at East Stroudsburg University’s Conference Center in Bethlehem, PA, November 13-15, 2015. We welcome papers in any area of Sartrean scholarship (philosophy, literature, theater, psychology, politics, intellectual history, Sartre and other writers, etc.). Reading time for a paper should be 20-25 minutes maximum. In addition to individual papers, we welcome suggestions for panel topics. Graduate students are encouraged to submit suggestions for papers. We hope to provide a limited number of stipends for graduate students to help defray the cost of travel and lodging. Any graduate student whose paper has been accepted must however apply for these stipends.

While topics on any of Sartre’s many activities are welcome, one of the themes we are promoting this year are applications of Sartre’s philosopher to contemporary philosophical debates.

We invite anyone interested to submit proposals in either English or French. Nevertheless, we require those whose papers are accepted to become members of NASS (if they are not already) in order to present their paper.


Please E-MAIL an abstract (1-2 pages max) as an attachment to Matt Eshleman and Beth Butterfield. For panel submissions, please submit both an abstract for the whole panel and abstracts for each individual paper. These will be forwarded to the Program Committee for blind refereeing.

We have been very fortunate to secure Dr. Tom Flynn as our Keynote Speaker. Tom Flynn, known to every Sartre scholar, has generously agreed to talk to us about his new philosophical biography of Sartre just out on Cambridge University Press. His talk will be titled, “Sartre and the Imaginary: The Nonexistent Thread that Ties together a Life and Work.”

Further details on the conference and hotel arrangements will be communicated to you in due course. Any questions can be directed to:

Matt Eshleman (President)
Elizabeth Butterfield (Co-President)
Storm Heter (On-Site Conference Organizer)


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